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college. this is what happens under the republicans' everywhere strategy. president obama still wins by four points, but loses the presidency in an electoral landslide. as long as this plan is out there, republicans will continue to downplay it. >> i would not be for it. i don't think there is any sort of national movement. and you have sort of convinced me that in virginia, there may not even be any state movement. it may be an isolated legislator. >> sure. it was just an isolated legislator. yesterday it was this isolated legislator, senator bill carrico from virginia. today it was this isolated legislator, and that would be representative peter lund of michigan. now michigan is in the picture. lund is set to introduce a similar rigging bill in michigan's legislature. michigan speaker jase bolger said today he is open to pursuing the strategy in his state. the fight to protect our democratic process, my friends, is far from over. and i know it's only january of 2013, and we're a long way from the midterms and a long way from 2016, but this is the modern-day politics that the republ
the popular vote to barack obama by a healthy 4%. not a bad idea, said republican chairman reince priebus today. >> i thought it was an intriguing idea that some states are looking at, which they are. and i think it will be up to them to decide what they want to do about it. >> reporter: the idea, to award electoral votes by congressional district. instead of winner take all to the candidate who carries the state. advantage republicans who control more congressional districts than democrats. and the electoral map? >> let's take a look at the new, as of 9:00 in the east, 6:00 on the west coast. the new electoral map. >> reporter: maine and nebraska already award electoral votes by congressional district. but that's never changed the election outcome. but if the whole country adopted plans now being considered in virginia, michigan, ohio, pennsylvania and wisconsin, instead of obama winning 332-206, the electoral map would have gone from blue to red. romney over obama. 273-262, by one estimate. some leading republicans oppose the change. >> i am a traditionalist myself. i really am a conser
to president obama, congressman ryan says he does not think republicans are in a political wilderness since they control the house of representatives and most state legislators. rick? >> rick: do other leaders in the republican party agree with congressman ryan? i know there has been a big meeting going on, discussing the future of the party. what is everybody else saying? >> reporter: certainly a number of republicans are finding their voice again and the party seems to be doing soul-searching. louisiana republican governor bobby jindal, another g.o.p. presidential candidate in 2016 said the g.o.p. needs to put forth a clearer economic message. >> we must not be the party that simply protects the well off so they can keep their toys, we have to be the party that shows all americans how they can thrive and whose ideas will help the middle class and folks join the middle class and we are a populist party and need to make it clear to every voter and every american. >> reporter: today congressman ryan said republicans need to, quote, convince the country to change course economically to avoid
connell and a whole new group of republicans that just can't wait to help barack obama move this country forward, especially on jobs? they have said no to everything. well, today we have evidence senator mcconnell, he didn't wait for the ink to dry on the deal before sending out a fundraising letter. his campaign manager writes, we beat the liberals. can you imagine what the left might cook up unchecked power? we would be sure to see a litany of anti-coal regulations, tax hikes, anti-second amendment bills, forced unionization bills and crazy new deficit spending. it's the same old mitch mcconnell, same operation. and he will block president obama's agenda. it's basically selling out the efforts of the progressives in this country, in my opinion. let's turn to senator bernie sanders of vermont, who is the only member of the democratic caucus to vote against the so-called filibuster reform. senator, good to have you with us tonight. i'd like you to respond to that fundraising letter of mitch mcconnell. i mean, are things going to change? are we going to see the same old mitch? >> look, at the end
state is not a permanent diagnosis. >> reince priebus is on record saying the votes to favor republicans is something fully controlled red states ought to be looking at. he is talking about states president obama won, which are controlled by republican legislatures. former rnc chair haley barbour tried to downplay the scheme to rig the electoral college, but he admitted it could affect the outcome of a race. >> you know, i am a traditionalist myself. i really am a conservative. i'm a little bit skeptical of this. but i also am a little bit skeptical that you can predict with any sort of precision who it will really help from one presidential election to another. >> so it's okay if the loser of a presidential race actually wins because both parties will eventually get screwed? very patriotic. or should i say pathetic. democrats are not going to let this ball get rolling. the democratic national committee said just as the american people fought the republican party's attempts in 2012, we will oppose any future attempts to ignore the wishes of the electorate and make changes to the electora
? and this thing about obama, the birtherism, we'll get to it later, more than a third of republicans think he was born somewhere else still. >> the problem -- i mean, bless peggy noonan. she wants to come in from on high and -- >> don't be jealous of another columnist. >> i'm not. i understand her intention, but she doesn't have a clear diagnosis of the problem. 6 out of 7 of the republican presidential primary candidates last year were basically yahoo candidates who believed in any one of these -- >> remind me their names. >> i don't know if i remember, cain, perry, bachmann -- >> santorum. >> trump was in and out. newt gingrich, mr. colonial marxist, mitt romney flirted with it but stayed away from it. when the house republicans came into power two years ago, the tea partiers, one of the first things they did was to introduce a bill trying to redefine rape. so it's not just a bunch of yahoos out in new mexico or virginia with transvaginal probes. it is the heart of the party. >> and paul ryan -- >> you remind me of too much. let's go to jindal. here is a guy who is trying to be a leader. la
obama is the president, and republicans in the house that once could still see through the dark know they really can't go on like this. margaret is not alone. down in baton rouge governor bobby jindal says we have to stop being the stupid party. haley barbour warns this party to stop making stupid comments again, that word about rape. but don't lose heart. like an old car that won't turn off even when you turn the key to off, some character out in new mexico wants to stick women who are raped with stiff prison sentences if they get an abortion. she calls it tampering with the evidence. but wait a minute, crazy guys. didn't one of your republicans say you can't get pregnant in case of a rape? anyway, tonight finding our way through the crazy even as we hear the first loud barks and meows from the backyard of american politics. i have with me joy reid and "mother jones'" david corn. anytime i can get you to giggle a little bit, joy, i consider myself a success. i owe some of this material to a lot of republicans today. pegging noonan, a friend of mine and very smart, i don't always agr
that the republican party had to start taking barack obama seriously. he means to change america in fundamental ways as he sees it. the proper response to such a man is not -- was that he is not a muslim or he's a kenyan or working out his feels of coloniali colonialism. it didn't hurt him, it hurt the republicans. can the gop in washington for now develop those things? what do you think? she's saying you're deluded yourself with the nonsensical charges of birtherism and it's hurt you, not him. >> i agree with you, peggy noonan is a tremendous writer, i don't agree with much much of what he says. but here's the thing. they're not listening to the editorial page, they have been fed 30 or 40 years the insanity or the belief that their views are absolutely right. the idea of calling democrats marxists and being extreme on abortion that is not right, it's fundamentally american, more american than the other side. >> the polls say you're right. >> you can't change the cake by changing the frosting. the problem in the republican party is not the political or the intellectual class -- >> what are you, dan
the republican plan, even though president obama won the popular vote by 5 million and currently won over by 120 votes in the electoral college. in the republican fan the republican candidate would woo have been. is this so controversy that even some republicans are saying, well it seems a little embarrassing. here is pat mullin in virginia who said changing the electoral college rules in vow is not at all on my list of priorities. people get mad when you try to subvert democracy and have someone who did not win the popular vote become the president, not that that would ever happen in a presidential election or anything. but reince priebus thinks, hmm we can't seem to win elections otherwise. all of a sudden it's an interesting idea to him. it's something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at. meaning, even though these states are voting for democrats we have found a way to control them politically and maybe we should look at making that permanent. again, that would appear to be anti-democratic. let's talk to a couple of expert
every few days. the panel of three judges-- all appointed by republican presidents-- said mr. obama had done an inappropriate end-run around the senate. but white house spokesman jay carney took issue with the ruling. >> the decision is novel and unprecedented. it contradicts 150 years of practice by democratic and republican administrations. so we respectfully but strongly disagree with the rulings. accord together congressional research service something like 280 plus intrasession recess appointments by, again, democratting and republican administrations dating back to 1867. >> sreenivasan: if the decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of decisions made by the labor board. moreover, the body would not have enough members to issue decisions, effectively shutting it down. the ruling also could spell trouble for richard cordray, the head of the consumer financial protection board. he was not part of this legal case, but he was appointed in the same manner on the same day. for more on all this, we turn to steven greenhouse of "the new york times." nice to be here. >> steven, just b
greenstein, always good to see you. >> my pleasure. >>> john boehner says president obama is trying to annihilate the republican party. but up next, i'll explain why the gop is kind of doing a good job of it itself. and on that path, some republicans are trying to gerrymander it. some are saying we can't change the rules of the presidential election just because we lost one. meanwhile, threatening to filibuster, a deal was reached. others say it doesn't reform anything. >>> and crazy things happening in washington, we'll let you weigh in on the scandal of the week. ♪ hi dad. many years from now, when the subaru is theirs... hey. you missed a spot. ...i'll look back on this day and laugh. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. [ male announcer ] how do you turn an entrepreneur's dream... ♪ into a scooter that talks to the cloud? ♪ or turn 30-million artifacts... ♪ into a high-tech masterpiece? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. barrow island has got rare kangaroos. ♪ chevron has been developing energy here for
. >> my pleasure. >>> john boehner says president obama is trying to annihilate the republican party. but up next, i'll explain why the gop is kind of doing a good job of it itself. and on that path, some republicans are trying to gerrymander it. some are saying we can't change the rules of the presidential election just because we lost one. meanwhile, threatening to filibuster, a deal was reached. others say it doesn't reform anything. >>> and crazy things happening in washington, we'll let you weigh in on the scandal of the week. nobody said an inkjet had to be slow. or that printing in color had to cost a fortune. nobody said an all-in-one had to be bulky. or that you had to print from your desk. at least, nobody said it to us. introducing the business smart inkjet all-in-one series from brother. easy to use. it's the ultimate combination of speed, small size, and low-cost printing. as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this c
voters. go back to 2010, a majority of women voted republican. two years later, after obama carried women by 13 points, a majority of women voted republican. more women voted republican than democratic at the congressional level. what was the message? did anybody talk about abortion or contraception in 2010? of course not. it was spending and the debt. think about what the messages where that compelled women. government spending too much money. the bailout suspending the stimulus and the crown jewel, obamacare. i did not hear hear much about this time. second thing, stop allowing the left to talk about women's health. if they want to talk about abortion, let's talk about abortion. contraception, let's have that talk. how dare you call it women's health grou. [applause] what's the number one killer? cardiovascular disease. where is obesity and nutrition. where is long-term care for the widows question ma? i will not allow planned parenthood and the rest of the crew to get away with talking about women's health. you should not let them. can we stop talking about women's issues? i have been
and disagreed with the obama administration. republicans are praising this ruling. today they are saying it was the right ruling and that president obama really engaged in overreach when he made those appointments. so to your second question, t.j., what happens now, at this point in time the justice department not weighing in on what it will do next. but if you talk to legal analysts, they believe that the administration will take this to the supreme court. so that's what we're watching for now waiting to go hear what the justice department has to say about this. >> we also have a question of what this means for richard cordray appointed during this time, a recess appointment as well. not to the national labor relations board. but a pretty important appointment. what happens to him now? >> reporter: it's a great question. it certainly raises questions about the appointment of richard cordray, the former ohio attorney general appointed to head the consumer financial protection bureau. republicans staunchly opposed to the consumer financial protection bureau. they believe it has too much p
republicans and conservatives will need prudence to deal with president obama's second term. showing voters what the president's agenda looks like wasn't implemented. >> in the president's first term we argued against big government in theory. huz second term we will be arguing against big government in practice. it is no longer a 2,000 page bill now it is 13,000 pages of regulations and it is growing. it is being implemented. the law will restrict our ability to use flexible spending accounts. it will raise taxes on life saving medical devices. >> congressman ryan possibly a presidential contender in 2016 says republicans should be prepared for the president to try to quote de legitimize them. but he urged them to quote be smart. >> if we want to promote conservativism we need to use every tool at our disposal. sometimes we have to jeekt the president's proposal. that time might come more than once. sometimes we have to make them better. the president will bait us. he will portray us as cruel and unyielding. >> the white house says the president wants both parties to come together and act
in session. the court found 3 to 0 that obama violated article two of the constitution. >> both republicans and democrats have done these type of recessed appointments. it goes down to what is a definition of a recess. if you go back to the constitution and that's what the judges did. they said 80 years after the constitution was ratified no president did a recess appointment like obama did. these guys that were appointed no good. >> in fact the chief judge was especially critical of president obama saying that he was giving himself, and i will quote here, free reign to appoint his desired nominees any time he pleases whether that time be a weekend or lunch or even when the senate is in session and he is merely displeased with its interaction. this cannot be the law. well, bob, if this were the law the president would then have unchecked unfettered discretion and ability to name anybody to any post at any time whenever he wants. wouldn't that render the constitution advise and consent clause meaningless? >> well that's what republicans are saying this is a victory for the separation of powe
's an average of 86% of democrats and 10% of republicans approve of the job of barack obama as president and 76%-point gap, which joins george bush's as the most polarized year in gallup records. >> it made me feel good when i read it. i thought, you know what? president obama, you can't blame him, the media gives him a pass, he'll take it. he gets testy with them. that is how he operates. they still love him, no matter what. they haven't done their job by the media but you still can't fool the majority of the american electorate when you ask them what he has done and i think oftentimes the left thinks people are naive. they can poll the wool over their eyes, and the poll shows you can't and look at this and go, yeah, you know what? he's not that big of a uniter the way he said he was going to be. >> does the polarization tell you you he's achieving what the most hard core segment of his party wants. >> look at -- pew research did a poll on his inaugural address and, virtually every issue that he raised, majority, sometimes big majority of the american people agreed. it is not one of these thin
the obama administration wants to, quote, annihilate the republican party, and shove it in, quote, the dust pan of history. do you agree with that interpretation of obama's inaugural address? >> i believe that republicans and democrats both have the design to try to become dominant, and so the republicans would certainly like to decrease the power of the democratic party and the democratic party would like to decrease the power of the republican party. that's what politics works, and maybe speaker boehner, because he gets bossed around by fellow republicans, maybe he's a little sensitive to those comments. >> let me ask you about your role, talking about helping create a legacy. you've been involved in philanthropy. do you have plans for 2014 congressional cycle, sir? >> well, no i'm not running if that's what you mean. [laughter] >> i mean -- >> [inaudible] >> take a filing break now. >> i very, very much want to be involved in helping those senators and congressmen and women who can embrace those special values that made america great, everyone knows why we are great because of the free m
-frank. republicans were very good at saying there were going to make obamacare obama's waterloo and stop these things in their tracks, and when they did not, they did not have something else to say, but one person did have something else to say was paul ryan, and he was rewarded for it with all levels of media attention, massive popularity within the republican party, and the vice presidential slot on the national ticket. when i look at other rising stars in congress and around the country and i see them talking about the idea of new ideas without talking about the ideas themselves, i say, it isn't the lesson of ryan that if you talk about the specific ideas, there's more to be gained than lost? this is my personal biggest disappointment with the republican party of the last few years. where are the policy entrepreneurs in the party itself? i think conservatism had a serious policy problem, a serious intellectual problem four or five years ago. it was the end of the bush presidency. everybody was exhausted. people had tried things that worked, that had not worked. there was not a lot of fresh policy.
-- mitt romney got 27% voters and president obama 77%. the folks in the republican party will say they need to work on this issue moving forward. craig? >> kristen welker, thank you. >> thanks. >> good saturday afternoon to you sir in. >> thank you, craig, thank you for having me. >> how hopeful are you this time that washington gets a comprehensive immigration bill done? >> well, i'm very hopeful. i think there's a lot of momentum as has been mentioned by both the republican and the democratic parties, talking about this issue seriously, seeming to negotiate on it in earnest and so, i think we will get it done in 2013. >> house speaker john boehner said the deal is practically done. is that what you hear? >> i know there's been serious negotiation on our side in the house and in the senate. and usually it's tough to get to that point, so the fact that we have gotten there is a good sign. >> the path to citizenship seems to be the sticking point for a lot of lawmakers stil lawmaker. if there's a path to citizenship does there have to be a penalty for the 11 million or so folks th
to believe. average of 86% of democrats and 10% of republicans approve of the job barack obama did as president. 76%-point gap that ties george w. bush's fourth year as the polarized year in gallup record. >> this made me feel good when i read it. i thought, you know what? you can't blame president obama. media gets him a pass. he will take it. that is how he operates. they haven't done their job but you can't fool the electorate. when you ask him what he has done often time the left think people are naive and they pool the wool over their eyes. this shows that you can't. they go you know what? not that big o a uniter. >> bob: if you look pew research did poll on the inaugural address. every issue he raised, big majority of the american people agreed with it. this is not one of those things he is so far behind of the american people. the pew -- they took -- >> dana: it's lik we will never be against letting poor people to starve to death and eat cat foot. we agree with that. >> bob: there are other polls out that thought he did a very good job. leaving that aside, if we get closer
despite losing the popular vote to barack obama by a healthy 4%, not a bad idea, said republican chairman reince priebus today. >> i think it's an intriguing idea that some states are looking at which they are and i think it's up to them to decide what they'll do about it. >> reporter: the idea of awarding electoral votes by congressional district instead of the winner take all. advantage republicans control more congressional districts than democrats. maine and nebraska already award electoral votes by congressional district and that's never changed the election outcome, but if the whole country adopted plans now being considered in virginia, michigan, ohio, pennsylvania and wisconsin. instead of obama winning 332-206, the electoral map would have gone from blue to red, romney over obama. 273-262, by one estimate. some leading republicans oppose the change. >> i'm a traditionalist myself. i really am a conservative. i'm a little bit skeptical of this. >> and tonight, virginia's governor bob mcdonald came out against it. potential candidates are warning the party has a bigger problem. >>
to red, romney over obama. 273-262, by one estimate. some leading republicans oppose the change. >> i'm a traditionalist myself. i really am a conservative. i'm a little bit skeptical of this. >> and tonight, virginia's governor bob mcdonald came out against it. potential candidates are warning the party has a bigger problem. >> we've got to stop being a stupid party and it's time for a new republican party that talks like adults. they damaged the brand with offensive and bizarre comments. changing what the candidates say could be more important than changing how they count votes. the irony is that democrats have thought about changing the electoral college in the past when they came up on the losing side. craig? >> andrea mitchell, thanks for that. for more on this, we turn to the political war room, karen finney and former communications director for the dnc, matt slap, a form arer deputy assistant to george w. bush. gteed good saturday afternoon to both of you. we heard from andry a nebraska and maine use the congressional district system right now. why change the rules now? >> i h
or two things, three things, that you would recommend to the republican party and how to react to obama and how to renew their appeal and make their case for the public, what would those couple things be? >> number one, suicide is not a good option. suicide will charge the light brigade into the fiscal cliff or other places. if i can mix eight metaphors. it is simply stupid. the record here is fairly clear. sometimes, you don't hold the cards. we hold one half of one-third of the government. and the idea that you can suffer from one house of the government is simply an illusion. you can make strategic the small advances. but i would say, given the ambitions of the obama presidency, as you heard in the second inaugural, blocking is a virtue onto itself and it would be an achievement unto itself. but if you think you can use the fiscal cliff, which would of been a tax hike on all americans, the largest in u.s. history, or if you can use the debt ceiling, which you can, in the end, pull the trigger on -- which you cannot, in the end, fully drawn. it would be catastrophic. it means to have
and 10% of republicans say they approve of the job that president obama did in his fourth year in office that 76-point gap you saw there ties george w. bush's fourth year as the most polarized in gallup records. bush had the approval of 91% of republicans and 15% of democrats. according to gallup if the averages hold president obama is on track to be the most polarizing president yet. >>> up next, why is the country's oldest civil rights group joining a lawsuit against the city of new york? we'll tell you, then a little bit later this hour, why some kentucky insiders are warning ashley judd away from a senate run. you're watching msnbc, the place for politics. ♪ ♪ ♪ tossing and turning have given way to sleeping. where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta®(eszopiclone) can help you get there. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken
that looks better than you might think. and then on the political front, president obama's recess appointment to the nlrb declared unconstitutional. and louisiana governor bobby jindal calls republicans the stupid party. how about that? and then there is an unconfirmed scandal. i say unconfirmed. did senator bob menendez sleep with underaged dominican prostitutes? this is "the kudlow report" and we begin right now. >> all right. first up, our most optimistic story tonight, stock continue their bull run, the s&p 500 and dow closing in on their all-time highs from october 2007. brian shactman joins us now with all the details. good evening, brian and good work today. >> you touched on the s&p details having its best streak in terms of winning streaks days in a row in eight years but how about the dow. we're now 105 points shy of 14,000. eight components hit new highs today. beyond the five on your screen, utx, pfizer and p & g also doing it. now, speaking of history, historically life is good, larry, as you well know when the dow transports show leadership, up another 3% for the week. apple use
at the top of the hour. >>> our fifth story "outfront," changing the rules of the game. republicans in a number of states that president obama won in november want to change the way electoral votes in their states are distributed. currently all states except nebraska and maine award all electoral votes to one candidate. states like virginia, michigan, pennsylvania, and ohio are looking to award electoral vote busy congressional district. and that would give the gop a huge advantage in some crucial swing states. john king is "outfront" with all these changes could have affected this past election. >> if every state, if all 50 states, allocated electoral college votes based on congressional district, mitt romney would be the president right now. they would have won 273-262. in '08, obama would have beat john mccain but by a smaller margin. let me show you what they're talking about. state of ohio, the president carries it with 51%. mitt romney carried 12 of the 16 congressional districts in the state of ohio. so this state is considering passing a bill that says, not winner take all,
was beaten. barack obama so empowered he forced republicans to back down on the debt ceiling and laid out a liberal agenda for his second term. the g.o.p. is out of favor with the young, minorities and women. not just at the ballot box. 49% of the nation now sees the republican party negatively. in the nbc news "wall street journal" poll only 26% positively. democrats doing far better with the net positive. hand wringing at the govep g.o.p. winter meeting. >> republicans talk policy and the democrats talk people. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. >> louisiana governor bobby on g.o.p. senate's todd aiken and richard murdoch whose comments about remain angered women. >> no doubt we had a number of republicans say things that damaged the party. >> ledge islators want to change the winner take all electoral college that gave barack obama the win. one party member says forget that. they will recover. >> we got some cleaning up to do and making up to do and stretching out to do to bring some people in. >> today could be a start. >> the leaders say the likely republican party plan wil
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